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Walk up Moel Tan y Coed – Velvet Hill and the Horseshoe Falls

By Dave Roberts   

on May 27, 2018    5/5 (1)

Walk up Moel Tan y Coed – Velvet Hill and the Horseshoe Falls

Further Details

Route Summary:

Clwydian and Dee Valley AONB ramble from Berwyn Station near Llangollen that takes in the Horseshoe Falls and the fine viewpoint of  Moel Tan y Coed, also known as Velvet Hill

Route Start Location: Llantysilio or Berwyn Station near Llangollen

5.22 km 255 m 2 -3 hours

Calculate the time using Naismith’s Rule and factor in your own pace.

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Summits and Places on this Route


The Chainbridge Hotel is at the start of the walk and the Britannia Inn is half way around as well as the Abbey Grange Hotel that are also the Llangollen Brewery.



Remember that we cannot outline every single hazard on a walk – it’s up to you to be safe and competent. Read up on Mountain Safety , Navigation and what equipment you’ll need.

Parking : LL20 8BN

Car parking at the start of the walk.

Public Transport:

Llangollen is well served with buses from Wrexham area and they pass along the A5 nearby. However, for anyone based between Corwen and Llangollen, a trip on the Llangollen Railway is a must!

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Walk up Moel Tan y Coed – Velvet Hill and the Horseshoe Falls Ordnance Survey Map and GPX File Download

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Walk up Moel Tan y Coed – Velvet Hill and the Horseshoe Falls

This walk up Moel Tan y Coed, also known as Velvet Hill – with neither name appearing on the OS mapping – starts from the Llangollen Railway. station at Berwyn and also includes the popular Horseshoe Falls. There’s also three pubs and a brewery on the route, so you’ll be fine if you get thirsty.

The Horseshoe Falls, like the nearby A5 were built by Thomas Telford and aren’t natural despite their popularity.  There’s also the recently renovated Chainbridge near the start of the walk that provides an interesing way to cross the Dee. It was built in 1814 by local entrepreneur Exuperious Pickering to transfer goods from the Llangollen Canal to the newly built A5 and the current Chainbridge is the third incarnation.

Moel Tan y Coed, or Velvet Hill, provides unrivalled views across Llangollen and the valley and can be walked as a quick up and down walk for those who are looking for a shorter walk. The route returns to the start via the flanks of Llantysilio Mountain


The Route

The following link has more information on this walk. More information.

Dave Roberts founded Walk Eryri in 2004, with the aim of providing routes that are off the beaten track. Walk Eryri is now part of Mud and Routes which continues to provide more off beat routes and walks in Snowdonia and beyond. Dave has been exploring the hills of Eryri for over thirty years, and is a qualified Mountain Leader. Dave also established Walk up Snowdon, Walk up Scafell Pike and Walk up Ben Nevis just to mention a few.
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